There is always a tempting mindset to dive right into a custom renovation project head first. Although you are excited, this could easily lead to serious delays and unforseen fees later in the process. Each project is different, but using these core ideas to improve your home with process and forethought can change the entire experience for the better. Here are 5 tips to planning a successful custom renovation project.
Choose A Design Pro
Working with a qualified architect is the core of any successful project. The architect is there to assist in creating a detailed scope of work and assist in creating a design, gaining permits and additional plans for items like electrical, kitchen, baths and more.
Always meet potential architects in person if possible. This is your chance to understand the services offered and relay the expectations you as the homeowner have. This is a time to discuss your budget and timeframe for the project as well. This is no small investment, so being totally comfortable with your architect is a must.
The architect will provide the schematic design for the home which includes the rough layout of the floor plan and some exterior views as well. Timeframe depends on the size of the project.
After you have the design, interviewing contractors is a must. These companies will be implementing the design, so it makes sense to speak with them, check their credentials and view reference work. The contractors will provide estimates and you will work with the chosen architect to determine who will be best qualified for the job.
Permits can take a long time to attain depending on regulations in the specific area of the project. Begin this process as soon as you receive a plans. You will also need to research permit fees, as these can range for less than fifty dollars to upwards of thousands of dollars. This will seriously affect the completion date of the project, so the sooner, the better.
Shop for Products
While this process is occurring, shop for the products you wish to install. Shop tiles, granites, kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets or any other products that will need to be chosen for the completed design. These products often have lead times and will need to be arriving when the project needs them to be on site. This is another headache that can delay the completion of the project. Shop early and be aware that some items will take longer to arrive than others.
Make that project happen! Work with your entire team to complete the project of your dreams on time, on budget and with a beautiful end product. Ready to start your renovation process? Contact MH Akers today to begin discussion your Memphis area renovation or home build today.